The "current expectation" with Eric Berry and Chiefs is what you'd expect

As a result, Werder believes that unless the franchise signs one of them in the next two days, the Chiefs will use their franchise tag on safety Eric Berry while allowing defensive lineman Dontari Poe walk via free agency. He'll probably get tagged again this year, setting up a showdown that could keep him off the field in 2017.

But not if the Chiefs use the franchise tag on Berry by the March 1 deadline.

The tag isn't long-term security, but neither is a "long-term" deal.

Do you want the Kansas City Chiefs to re-sign Eric Berry? "Last year I thought one thing and it didn't happen". "No I haven't", was Berry's response when asked if he's changed his mind.

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"I still stand firm on that", Berry said, via the Star's Terez Paylor.

Berry would be guaranteed a salary of almost $13 million if he played under the tag again, but that is not something he intends to do.

The 26-year-old Poe has spent the last five seasons in Kansas City after the Chiefs notably picked up his fifth-year option for the 2016-2017 season. A report Monday morning said that the Chiefs will tag Berry and let Poe walk. Sure, it's less likely but Poe could hit the market and find that the other offers out there aren't much better than the Chiefs and it's better to stay in Kansas City. He also isn't getting his hopes up that a resolution with the Chiefs will be reached.

But what isn't going to work for Berry is playing under the $12.96 million tag this season.

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